Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Waiting Wednesday

Well I am home today waiting to hear about Morticia. I took her in this AM for X-rays so the vet can determine why she has a large lump on the side of of her nose and will go pick her up this afternoon. Poor sweet Tish.

I have finished two books this week already: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which is the selection for my book club, and Winding Ways Quilt, the latest Elm Creek Quilts book. I have three more books "on deck" from the library. Like my friend Becky, I was horrified reading about foot binding in Snow Flower. Made my feet hurt reading about it. Also makes you realize how horrible life was for women during much of China's history. The book was good, but didn't really delve into the historical events happening around the main characters as much as I would have liked. I thought Memoirs of a Geisha was much better at explaining the culture and history. Winding Ways was a nice light read, much like the other books. I always wonder why someone hasn't purchased a huge old mansion and turned it into a retreat like in the book. I would sign up in a heartbeat!

Next up in the reading list are some other light reads. I usually read a lot of nonfiction, history, and biographies. For one long spell I read Breach of Faith by Jed Horne, Fiasco by Thomas Ricks, The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich, Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill, The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind, and The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz (I'm probably on some FBI list now LOL!). I think I am reading more fiction nowadays for the same reason screwball comedies were so popular during the 1930s and 1940s--the news/economy is just too bleak and I need some escapism. Hmm maybe some Cary Grant movies would be good for the weekend...

Speaking of Cary Grant, George Clooney (who has been called the Cary Grant of the present) was fabulous in the movie Michael Clayton. This was not a "light" movie but it had an original story, excellent cinematography, and great acting. I liked it so much, I watched it again with the director's commentary. After seeing this, I definitely think Tilda Swinton deserved her Oscar and the movie got so many nominations. One of the best films I've seen lately. I liked it better than No Country for Old Men. Also sort of watched Valley of Elah. Not a good movie in my opinion and the only saving grace was Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon.

Off to get something accomplished and more waiting.


Marcie said...

I read Snow Flower also, and the Geisha. Loved them both, altho such heartbreaking stories. I have photos of a woman's bound foot that I found incredible.

Becky said...

How is Mortecia? I know you must be sick worrying about her. I'm slowly reading Snow Flower. Maybe, I should listen to it on CD since I've been sewing in the evening instead of reading. Also, trying to clean out some of the magazines and books in my sewing room. Have a great day! Hope the pollen is better today.